Alabama has decide to not allow a particular wine to be sold. The
reason is that the label contains “some nudity.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A wine label showing a nude nymph is too
much for Alabama’s liquor control agency, which has told restaurants
and stores not to sell the product.
The label on Cycles Gladiator wine, produced by Hahn Family Wines in
Soledad, Calif., shows a vintage 1895 advertising poster for Cycles
Gladiator bicycles. The French poster features a nude nymph flying
beside a winged bicycle.
The article is from the Seattle PI. The paper was bold enough to
show the image, but protect sensitive eyes, by making you click on a
link with a warning:
The darnedest thing: between the time I started writing this, and now,
they changed the article and removed the link! The newly
sanitized article is href="http://www.seattlepi.com/national/1110ap_us_wine_nude_nymph.html">here.
It would seem that the whole issue could be solved without interfering
with legitimate business. All they would have to do, is to
require a photo ID to purchase the product.
If you go to the Cycles
Gladiator web site, you can read all about the
wine. You can even join the Cycles Gladiator Facebook fan
club. You can see a picture of one of their delivery trucks,
which has a huge rendition of the label on the side. Presumably,
those trucks were driving around Alabama for years.
And because Corpus Callosum is not so prudish as the Seattle-PI, I will
post a link to the large version of the picture (click to see big).